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Tropical storm Fred set for Florida landfall. Grace a Gulf threat. Henri to form

August 16, 2021

Tropical storm Fred is now set for a landfall late on Monday in the Florida Panhandle or Big Bend area, moving slowly towards the coast with winds currently at 50 mph and a little more strengthening still forecast before landfall.

In the end, Tropical storm Fred missed southern Florida and tracked into the Gulf of Mexico, where the warmer waters helped it to begin to intensify.

The forecast models do not currently see Fred gaining hurricane status, as shear remains a factor, but it is likely to be a strong tropical storm with some gusts perhaps at hurricane speeds when it does come ashore, somewhere around the Destin to Panama City area of Florida’s Panhandle coast.

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